Pentatonic Scales and Pentatonic Forms in Guitar
PENTATONIC SCALE :
It is a five note scale derived from the major scale. It uses the first, second, third, fifth, and sixth steps of the major scale.
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C major scale : C D E F G A B C
C Pentatonic Scale : C D E G A
The Five Pentatonic Forms :
Since there are five notes in a pentatonic scale, there are five different forms that we can use to play the scale if we start on each different note. These are the five forms of a C major pentatonic scale or an A minor pentatonic scale. The diamond shows the major root and the open circle shows the minor root. On guitar, these five forms connect together like overlapping puzzle pieces as shown in the lower example.